Harpooned was exhibited in the Clocktower Gallery in New York as part of the Babyharvester exhibit. It was displayed in a fantastic, custom arcade-cabinet:
Harpooned is a free game for Windows and Mac. It is a Cetacean Research Simulator, where you play the role of a Japanese scientist performing research on whales around Antarctica.
It’s not very often that you come across an activist game that skillfully incorporates its message with its gameplay, and rarer that they’re so much fun as Harpooned. Take control of a Japanese research vessel and extinctify some whales in the name of science (and selling cat food.)
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Harpooned was featured in a segment on ABC2’s show ‘Good Game’. You can watch the clip below…
Harpooned is reviewed in the latest issue of Retro Gamer CD magazine.
“It’s by equal measure sad, fun and an absolutely commendable way to make an important political point. Score - 81%”
Harpooned has been updated with lots of new features and is now available for the Mac as well as Windows.
View the trailer:
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Game Developer Magazine’s August 2008 issue has an article entitled - “Top Ten Indie Freeware Titles 2008: The best so Far” and one of their top 10 is Harpooned.
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While it’s both gross and sad, O’Kane said he wanted to use satire to illuminate a real-world problem – the mass slaughter of whales by the Japanese under the guise of “research.”
Harpooned was featured in
Harpooned is also in this month’s
“Most of us are a bit miffed about the whole whaling debacle, so Conor O’Kane created a game to express what he and I’m sure many others feel towards it. The result is an addictive arcade shooter with a biting satirical edge, where players must “research” whales while avoiding the media and Greenpeace. Species Combo!”
Want to know what sort of research the Japanese scientists are doing with all those dead whales? How about
The conclusion of the experiment: “Blastocyst formation was only observed when bull spermatozoa were used.” Unfortunately they failed to create any viable cow/whale mutant hybrids. I wonder if they’d eat grass or krill?